Elaine Taylor

5:30 News Co-host / Reporter

After graduating with a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Utah, Elaine developed a love of radio while working long hours in remote parts of Utah as an archaeological field technician. She eventually started interning for the radio show Science Questions and fell completely in love with the medium. Elaine is currently taking classes at Utah State University in preparation for medical school applications. She is a host of UPR’s 5:30 Newscast and a science writer for the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station. Elaine hopes to bring her experiences living abroad in Turkey and Austria into her work.


Utah News
6:17 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Vandal Defiles National Parks Across West

The Park Service is investigating vandalism in parks across the West.
Modern Hiker/ Casey Nocket

The National Park Service is investigating a string of vandalism incidents across the West, and they’re using social media find the perpetrator.

The vandalism was first reported on the blog Modern Hiker. The blog claims the vandalism, which features paintings of people, was perpetrated by the New York based artist Casey Nocket. Nocket allegedly recorded the paintings on her Instagram account, which has now been deleted.

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Utah News
5:58 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Partial Solar Eclipse To Darken Utah Sky

Three solar eclipses will happen in Utah this year.
T. Ruen

A partial solar eclipse is headed our way Thursday afternoon. NASA Ambassador Patrick Wiggins said the moon will move in front of the sun starting at 3 p.m. and continue until just after 5 p.m.

“Now it won’t cover it up completely, at maximum it will be a little less than half covered, but still that’s a nice taste for the total eclipse of the sun that we’ve got coming up in 2017 up in Idaho,” Wiggins said.

The number of eclipses varies from year to year; this year the state will see three.

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Utah News
6:12 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Climber Takes Fatal Fall In Zion National Park

A man died Sunday after falling from the Iron Messiah in Zion National Park.
Credit Bryan Bird, SuperTopo

A 47-year-old man died Sunday from injuries sustained after a fall in Zion National Park. Park officials say the man was from California. His identity is being withheld until his family is notified of his death.

The man was climbing the Iron Messiah, a technical climb, when he fell. According to park officials, the man’s climbing partner, a native of France, witnessed the fall.

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Utah News
6:26 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Student Protesters Defy Threats Of Violence, Support Feminist Presenter

Students protested violent threats made on Tuesday.
Bennett Purser

Feminist blogger and pop culture critic Anita Sarkeesian decided to cancel a talk planned for Wednesday at Utah State University after threats of mass violence were made to USU from an anonymous source. USU police say there was never an imminent threat, but Sarkeesian decided to cancel the presentation after she discovered the university would be unable to prevent people with legally concealed firearms from entering the event because of Utah’s concealed carry law.

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Utah News
6:40 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Local Dogs Throw Their Bones In Election Ring

The caninedate Tex has a strong social media campaign.

According to the most recent Gallup Poll, just 14 percent of voters approve of how congress is handling its job, but that hasn’t stopped 14 new candidates from throwing their bones in the ring. 

The first ever election for canine mayor of Salt Lake County is underway, with caninedates running to raise money for the Salt Lake County Animal Services Injured Animals Fund.

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Utah News
6:11 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Children Safe After Bus Driver Charged With DUI

A bus driver was charged with a DUI Monday morning.

A bus driver is in jail and more than 70 elementary school students and their chaperones are safe following a dangerous drive to Brigham Young University Monday morning.

“We had a driver who was erratic in her travel, apparently traveling from one lane to the next back and forth,” said Chris Williams from the Davis School District. “There was enough concern on the bus that a couple people called 911.”

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Utah News
10:18 am
Mon October 13, 2014

Murray Woman’s Disappearance Perplexes Family, Police

Louder's Facebook page

The mystery surrounding a missing Murray woman continues. Police say Kayelyn Louder, 30, was exhibiting strange behavior in the 911 calls the she made in the 24 hour period before her disappearance on Sept. 27. Murray Police Office Kenny Bass explained.

“At this point we think it’s possible that she’s not in her normal state of mind,” Bass said. “She could be delusional, so our main concern is to try to still find her because we want to make sure that she’s okay. If she is delusional she may be more of a harm to herself than anything.”

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Utah Environment
6:19 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Cloud Seeding: Fight Over Western Water Moves To The Sky

Cloud seeding was first used in Utah in the 1950s.
Utah Division of Water Resources

With drought conditions reaching record proportions, the issue of water distribution in the West is only growing. Though cloud seeding hasn’t been proven to increase snowpack by that much, lower basin states have been putting money into the technology in Utah, Colorado and Wyoming with the hope of increasing the amount of water flowing into the Southwest. Though some see this as a good solution to the ongoing drought facing much of the West, others are skeptical about sending Utah water downstream.

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Utah News
6:26 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Marriages Begin Again For Same-sex Couples In Utah

The U.S. Supreme Court will not hear Utah's appeal to keep the state's ban on same-sex marriage in place.
Credit seattle.gov

Same-sex marriage is now legal in the state, following the U.S. Supreme Court’s announcement Monday that it would not be hearing appeals from five states, including Utah, that were seeking to keep their bans on same-sex marriage in place.

This decision means the lower court’s ruling that Utah’s ban on gay-marriage is unconstitutional will be upheld.

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Utah News
5:44 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Deer Valley Buys Out Solitude Mountain Resort

Deer Valley is in an agreement to purchase Solitude for an undisclosed amount of money.

Deer Valley Resort announced Friday that it has agreed to purchase Solitude Mountain Resort for an undisclosed amount of money. The acquisition will not close until the end of this ski season, said Deer Valley’s Colleen Reardon.

“We’ve signed it, but we won’t close until April 30. That gives us some great time to learn more about solitude and their operation; it’s been a really well run resort,” Reardon said.

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